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The green heron (butorides virescens) is a denizen of low lying wetlands such as wooded ponds, marshes, rivers, swamps, reservoirs and estuaries. They can be found in the eastern United States, the west coast of the United States, Mexico, Central America, down into northern South America and the Caribbean. The best time to see them is at dusk or dawn.
The American Bittern (botaurus lentiginosus), breeds in Canada and the northern United States in the summer, and winters along the coasts of the United States, Mexico, and down into Central America.
Bare-throated tiger herons (tigrisoma mexicanum) can be found along coastal rivers and lake banks, in tropical swamps and mangroves, both freshwater, and brackish water, from Mexico down through Central America to northwestern Columbia in South America.